We’ve been Beatle fans since the group first hit the CBS stage with Ed Sullivan in ’64! We’re just now coming down a bit from a Paul McCartney high, after his concert last month at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
September 9th will be the very first time the Beatles catalog has been digitally remastered, so this world wide event has caused a new wave of Beatlemania.
Naturally we want the stereo box set, because the stereo box features all twelve original Beatle albums, plus Past Masters I & II (combined into one CD now,) and Yellow Submarine. There’s also a DVD of mini-documentaries from the studio of the making of each album. Quick time videos are embedded into each stereo album.
Word has it that the stereo tracks were digitally enhanced to improve the listening experience, without changing or removing any sound artifacts that would alter music history. In other words, the Abbey Road engineers didn’t mess with the mixes, they just enriched The Beatles’ sound.
That’s fine with us, because we’ve really enjoyed the LOVE album, which remixed some Beatles songs in digital 5.1 sound, and the improvement in sound was amazing! Thanks to Fifth Beatle George Martin and his son Giles Martin for their fantastic feel, ear and timing, and it’s those engineers at Abbey Road studios that carry on that great tradition of caring and sharing The Beatles music for generations.
The mono box is geared for the collector, the purist. It contains all ten of the Beatles original mono albums, plus two extra CDs of mono masters kinda like Past Masters. In addition the mono editions of “Help!” and “Rubber Soul” also include the original 1965 stereo mixes, previously unreleased until now. The albums are designed as mini-vinyl CD replicas of the original sleeves with all original inserts.
Press Release about The Beatles remastered catalog:
Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music are delighted to announce the release of the entire original Beatles catalog, which has been digitally re-mastered for the first time, for worldwide CD release on Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (9-9-09), the same date as the release of the widely anticipated “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game. The process took a team of engineers at Abbey Road Studios four years of utilizing state of the art recording technology, alongside vintage studio equipment, to create these amazing re-masters.
More articles on The Beatles Digital Remasters:
USA Today article: “Remastered Beatles catalog comes together”
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Monday, September 7th, 2009
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Classic Rock, Pop, Video